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Job shadowing is another idea of keeping us out of the shadows

Let’s face it, Aberdeen. Roadsnacks.net contributor Nick James likes to stir us up with science, as his disclaimers state. Landing in his top 10 lists for most dumb and most ghetto and even worst places to live in Mississippi lists, the site stands behind its findings based on factors like unemployment rates, household incomes, education […]

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Six ways to talk about money with your family

Lee Stoerzinger/FOR THE MONROE JOURNAL When we think about money, let’s be honest – we’re not talking about just money, but also a host of related consequences and deeply felt emotions. Money cuts to the emotional roots of every human issue. In my years of advising, I’ve come to understand that when we talk about […]

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If not the truth, the conspiracy theories are out there

The term ‘nerd’ isn’t nearly as offensive as it once was. Rather than being synonymous with high IQs, pocket protectors and taped up black rimmed glasses, being a nerd carries the weight of popular culture and the thousands of unanswered questions surrounding it. Before websites, there were conventions full of science fiction nerds theorizing what […]

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If it weren’t for second chances, we’d all be alone

To the surprise of many, Dickie Scruggs, known as being a prominent trial attorney and a former federal prisoner following a guilty plea to judicial bribery, served as the keynote speaker for this year’s Monroe County of Commerce banquet last week. Reputations of people’s shortfalls are often times more memorable in others’ minds than their […]

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To the people in our lives who never age

It’s crazy to think that us ‘kids’ are carrying on adult conversations with you people now. Thinking back, there have been dozens of teachers, friends of family and upstanding citizens we used to literally look up to as children that we now see at eye level. Speaking for anybody who’s recently hit a growth spurt […]

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Quitting tobacco with support

Mississippi Tobacco Quitline provides personalized services Barry Mason, a paramedic for Choctaw County EMS, started using smokeless tobacco at age 13. Before he knew it, he was hooked. He tried to kick the habit dozens of times, but always fell short. At age 30, he was determined not to reach another milestone while still using […]

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How to overcome an unlucky time in history to retire

The “Greatest Generation” experienced the burgeoning of government and corporate pension and healthcare plans post-World War II, but baby boomers and later generations are facing the severe compromise of those benefits. While thousands of boomers reach retirement age every day, they will continue to take on more responsibility for providing income for their essential living […]

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In the case of the good and the bad, it’s really all about you

Watching the local news earlier last week of four shootings in two nights in Columbus hits close to home. Getting information as it came in about a shooting at an Aberdeen apartment complex last week drives that painful nail in even deeper. Who would have ever expected the news Monday of a second homicide? It […]

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Dishing out the stuff of watercooler conversation

There’s always something to talk about; all you’ve got to do is flip on the TV to help get those conversation starters flowing. A couple of weeks ago, many Americans were introduced to a term they’d rarely, if ever, heard – affluenza. The word combination of ‘affluence’ and ‘influenza’ was recently in the spotlight in […]

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